Loyola University Chicago


School of Education

Multiple Degrees

College and School Information

About the School of Education

Established in 1969, the School of Education (SOE) offers four undergraduate programs of study, leading to the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Education. SOE prepares students to be extraordinary teachers who demonstrate professionalism in the service of social justice. Graduates are prepared to face the challenges and rewards of teaching in today's educational environments.

Loyola's undergraduate education students take courses at both the Lake Shore and Water Tower Campuses. In addition, students receive distinct learning opportunities: integrated curriculum linking theory and classroom experience; varied clinical experiences in the classroom, starting as early as freshman year; international study that enables students to complete courses at Loyola's John Felice Rome Center; and participation in a professional learning community of students and faculty.

Contact Us

Water Tower Campus
Lewis Towers 1115
820 N. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: 312-915-6800
Fax: 312-915-6660

Website: www.luc.edu/education

Office of the Dean
Interim Dean: David Slavsky, PhD
Assistant Dean of Student Academic Services and Licensure Officer: Nancy Goldberger
Interim Associate Dean of Academic Programs: Siobhan Cafferty, EdD

Academic Advising

First-year and second-year students are advised through the Office of University Advising.

The School of Education's Office of Student Academic Services coordinates academic advising for SOE undergraduate students and those students in the College of Arts and Sciences who are pursuing certification as secondary school teachers. Beginning their sophomore year, students are required to contact this office each semester for advising regarding their academic programs.

Degree Programs

All SOE students complete a broad-based core of foundation courses, followed by advanced study in an area of specialization, leading to the B.S.Ed. degrees in the following:

  • Bilingual/Bicultural Education (K-9)
  • Early Childhood/Special Education (Birth to 3rd Grade)
  • Elementary Education (K-9)
  • Math Education (K-9)
  • Secondary Education (6-12) and Foreign Languages (K-12)
  • Science Education (K-9)
  • Special Education (K-12)

Multiple Degrees

A student may elect to earn two undergraduate degrees while attending Loyola University Chicago (e.g., Bachelor of Science in Education and a Bachelor of Arts). A student must successfully complete the university Core and degree requirements for each college or school and the requirements for each major. A student must consult the Dean of each college or school in which he or she is earning a degree for exact degree requirements.

State Requirements

Illinois State Certification Testing Requirements to be certified by the State of Illinois, teacher candidates must receive passing grades on three tests prepared by the Illinois Certification Testing System. It consists of three parts: 1) a basic skills test, 2) a subject matter test in the major discipline and 3) a test in the assessment of professional teaching. Passing scores on the basic skills test are required for admission to teacher education. The subject matter test is a prerequisite for student teaching. The assessment of professional teaching is required to receive a certificate by the Illinois State Board of Education. Students completing the bilingual/bicultural major must also complete a test in language proficiency. Students in the Special Education degree program must complete a test in general education curriculum.

University Core Curriculum

For specific information, please refer to the University Core Curriculum section in Academic Rules and Regulations or visit the University Core Curriculum Website at www.luc.edu/core. Specific suggestions on how to fulfill the Core through the School of Education are detailed below.

Knowledge AreasSchool Recommended Courses
College Writing Seminar (3 credit hours) UCWR 110 (Required as a prerequisite for writing-intensive courses)
Artistic Knowledge (3 credit hours)  
Historical Knowledge (6 credit hours) HIST 111 or 112 and ELPS 219
Quantitative Analysis (3 credit hours)  
Literary Knowledge and Experience (6 credit hours)  
Philosophic Knowledge (6 credit hours) ELPS 302
Scientific Literacy (6 credit hours)  
Societal and Cultural Understanding (6 credit hours)  
Theological and Religious Studies (6 credit hours)  
Ethics (3 credit hours)  

Majors and Program Details

Secondary Education

Students interested in teaching in grades 6-12 matriculate in the College of Arts and Sciences. They must complete the College of Arts and Sciences degree requirements and a major in an approved teaching field. A sequence of six professional education courses plus student teaching is completed in the School of Education. Early advisement is crucial to an efficient program. Students should contact the School of Education's Office of Student Academic Services if considering a teaching career.

Subject Areas: The following are areas for which certification may be sought at Loyola University Chicago: biology, chemistry, English, French, history, Italian, Latin, mathematics, political science*, psychology*, Spanish, theatre.

* Requires a second teaching field


PHIL 186 Ethics and Education:3 hours
Satisfies Core Knowledge Areas in Philosophical Knowledge and Ethics and Values Across the Curriculum in Understanding and Promoting Justice

Courses must be taken in the order and semester listed

STEP 1: Fall/Spring/Summer

  • CPSY 337 Adolescent Development and Educational Implications

STEP 2: Fall only

  • Secondary Block
  • CIEP 339 Exceptional Child
  • CIEP M13 Methods of Secondary Education
  • CIEP M14 Seminar in Secondary Education I
  • CIEP 362 Literacy Instruction in the Content Areas (WI)
  • CIEP 364 Classroom Assessment

STEP 3:Spring only

  • CIEP M60 Subject Matter Methods
  • CIEP 351 Curriculum and Teaching Middle School


  • CIEP MU6 Secondary Student Teaching

STEP 5: Fall/Spring; can be taken at any time before student teaching

  • CPSY 342 Issues in Identity Development and Cultural Pluralism



  • PHIL 173 Philosophy of Science
  • SOCL 126 Science, Technology, and Society


  • BIOL 101 & 102 Biology I and II
  • PHIL 173 Philosophy of Science
  • SOCL 126 Science, Technology, and Society


  • CIEP 350 Adolescent Literature


  • CIEP 336 Child Development with Educational Implications
  • Test of Oral Language Proficiency

History/Psychology/Political Science

  • ECON 201 Microeconomics
  • HIST 101 Western Civilization to 17C
  • HIST 102-107 (choose one)
  • INTS 101 Introduction to International Studies
    HIST 299 Global History
  • NTSC 113 Earth Science
  • NTSC 281 Human Impact on the Environment
  • PLSC 101 American Politics
  • PSYC 101 General Psychology
  • SOCL 101 Sociological Perspectives: An Introduction
  • SOCL 126 Science, Technology and Society


  • CIEP 336 Child Development with Educational Implications
  • Test of Oral Language Proficiency


  • CIEP 336 Child Development with Educational Implications
  • Test of Oral Language Proficiency


  • CIEP 336 Child Development with Educational Implications
  • Test of Oral Language Proficiency

Teacher Education

As a school for professional studies, the School of Education prepares men and women to work in a variety of educational and professional occupations. Teacher candidates complete a sequence of teacher education and professional courses in the School of Education in order to qualify for certification.

Admission to Teacher Education Admission to professional teacher education requires the following:

  • Overall GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Average GPA of 2.8 or higher in all education courses taken
  • Passing score on the Illinois Test of Basic Skills

Additional requirements for Early Childhood, Elementary, Special Education teacher candidates:

  • A grade of "C" or better in the following courses:
    • CIEP 229 Educational Psychology
    • ELPS 219 American Education
    • CIEP 104 Mathematics for Teachers I

Additional requirements for Secondary Education teacher candidates:

  • A grade of "C" or better in the following courses:
    • CPSY 337 Adolescent Developmentwith Implications for Education
    • ELPS 219 American Education
  • Average GPA of 2.8 in major coursework
  • At least 15 hours of major coursework

Clinical Experiences: Students complete clinical experiences that are designed to meet the unique needs of each program. A major component of each program is a "block" experience that contains a minimum of five weeks of classroom experience integrated with education methods courses.

The School of Education is responsible for maintaining the professional competence of students. If the teacher candidate is judged to be unable to discharge the responsibilities entailed in a clinical experience laboratory, the student may be dropped from the course or program. Non-attendance at the clinical site may also result in removal from the clinical experience.

Student Teaching: Student teaching, or practicum, gives the prospective teacher the opportunity to bridge the worlds of theory and practice, and to begin the process of developing an individual teaching style. Those engaged in student teaching are closely monitored both by a cooperating teacher in the school and by university faculty. Admission to student teaching requires completion of all coursework, advisor approval, a successful interview with the coordinator of clinical services, a 2.8 GPA in both the major to be taught and education classes, and a 2.5 overall GPA. Students are also expected to pass the required Illinois subject matter test(s). Students submit an application one year in advance of expected student teaching placement (October 1 for fall and March 1 for spring).

Showcase Portfolio: Each student seeking teacher certification through the School of Education at Loyola University Chicago must complete a professional teaching portfolio that demonstrates expertise in content areas and pedagogy as well as reflection on clinical and classroom experiences. A major component of the portfolio is the Impact on Student Learning Project. The Impact on Student Learning Project will give you the the opportunity to connect the many components of the assessment process that you have learned at Loyola University Chicago. The purpose of this assignment is to evaluate the degree of impact that you have on student learning.

Certification Students must apply to the School of Education's Office of Student Academic Services for certification (i.e., it is not automatically conferred at graduation), and students are bound by the certification requirements of the state of Illinois at the time of their application. Therefore, students should apply for certification as soon as possible after graduation to avoid being liable for additional coursework should the state modify its requirements. Students are responsible for meeting requirements necessary for certification.

To be certified to teach in the public schools of Illinois, a student must be of good character, in good health, a citizen of the United States, or legally present and authorized for work, and at least 19 years of age.

Honors and Awards

The School of Education is affiliated with the Honors Program of the College of Arts and Sciences. Students who complete their program successfully will be awarded the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Education, Honors.

Dean's List The School of Education's Dean's List is a semester-by-semester acknowledgment of those full-time (12 or more semester hours excluding P/NP grades) students who earn at least a 3.5 grade point average (GPA) in any given academic semester. Students on the Dean's List receive a personal acknowledgement from the Dean.